This is the UK’s first major Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) exhibition in 20 years, showing the work of the innovative and much-loved French painter in a new light.
The exhibition brings together around 100 of Bonnard's greatest works from museums and private collections around the world. It reveals how his intense colours and modern compositions transformed painting in the first half of the 20th century, and celebrates his unparalleled ability to capture fleeting moments, memories and emotions on canvas.
Spanning four decades from the emergence of Bonnard’s unique style in 1912 to his death in 1947, Tate Modern’s exhibition shows how the artist constructed his vibrant landscapes and intimate domestic scenes from memory. At once sensuous and melancholy, these paintings express moments lost in time – the view from a window, a stolen look at a lover, or an empty room at the end of a meal.
Highlights include breakthrough works such as Dining Room in the Country (1913) in which he brought interior and exterior spaces together; famous interior scenes like Coffee (1915) and Nude in an interior (c1935) which catch domestic life at uncanny moments, reframing them from snatched points of view; and examples of his more abstract paintings from The Violet Fence (1922) to the vivid Studio with Mimosa (1939-46).